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How The Universe Works DVD

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A fascinating How The Universe Works DVD, will give you a front-row seat to the inner workings of our world. See how stars were engineered, how deadly black holes can be and get the scoop on the Big Bang Theory. Also in a Universe DVD, watch as scientists discuss all that is alien, extreme plants and finally the immense explosions, also known as supernovas. An outer Space DVD is a must-have for anyone interested in the science of the Universe and all that it encompasses.

A How The Universe Works DVD, begins by engineering the Universe and shows you how the cosmos is designed, built, and actually works. From the beginning of time, Stars, Galaxies, Planets, Solar Systems, and more have been working individually and together to produce all that is and all that we see. See, in the Universe DVD, as never before the inner workings of our world, and explore black holes, supernovae, neutron stars, dark energy, and all the titanic forces that make us who we are. With a dynamic cast of experts and a new generation of CGI, Engineering the Universe looks under the celestial hood to reveal the inner workings of outer space: the story of how it's made and how it runs. An outer Space DVD is your ultimate Cosmos Operator's Manual.

Buy the How The Universe Works DVD and join experts as they reveal the creation, expansion and operation of outer space.

Extreme Stars
This program tells the story of how stars were engineered by the Universe and how Stars then went on to engineer everything else in that very universe. We'll learn how nuclear fusion in the core of these stars keeps them burning for billions of years and is what powers our nearest star 'the sun'. They transformed the Universe by spawning further generations of stars, then planets and eventually the building blocks of life itself. We will follow the life-cycle of stars from 'red giants' like our own sun that die leaving beautiful 'planetary nebula', to massive 'red supergiants' which die young in violent events called supernovae, creating elements from the gold in our wedding rings to the iron in our blood.

Black Holes
Black Holes are the most powerful and deadly destroyers in the Universe and the most mysterious phenomena in the heavens, incredible chilling consequences of the forces that hold the Cosmos together. For years they were only speculation, now modern astronomy is proving them frighteningly real and showing that these monsters may well be pulling the cosmic strings, controlling the shape of everything we see. We will learn how they are born from the deaths of massive stars, what it might be like to travel in to a black hole and that soon we might be able to get an actual glimpse of the super massive black hole at the heart of our milky way.

Big Bang
This program tells the greatest story ever told, the origin of space and the origin of time. We witness the Big Bang, the moment of creation and the birth of everything that we see around us. Thirteen point seven billion years ago there was nothing, no space, no time. Out of nothing, explodes an infinitely hot and dense soup that rapidly expands from the size of a subatomic particle to the size of a galaxy in a fraction of a second. Then the formation of fundamental forces that shape our Universe, the epic battle between matter and antimatter and the creation of the first particles that make up the cells in your body, the ground beneath our feet and the stars in the night sky. This is the most important time in history with more happening in the first second to shape our Universe than in the 13 billion years since.

Alien Galaxies
Galaxies, home to stars, planets and us, come in all shapes and sizes. From majestic spirals to giant balls of stars and gas, these immense cities of stars are the building blocks of the Universe itself. How the Universe Works witnesses the evolution of galaxies; from clouds of cold gas 13 billion years ago, to the magnificent spirals that fill our night sky. Super-massive black holes, dark, giant monsters lurking in the heart of galaxies, and mysterious dark matter, the glue that holds galaxies together. Filaments of gas, link galaxies up in a colossal cosmic web to form the largest structure in the Universe and protects them from an even more enigmatic force"¦dark energy, that threatens to rip the universe apart.

Alien Solar Systems
The Solar System — eight planets and a star; our familiar, stable corner of the universe. But how much do we really know about its formation? And is it unique? Recent discoveries are revealing its secrets — a brutal history of colliding planets, some devoured by the sun, whilst future models predict a violent death. Since the first discovery of a planet orbiting another star in 1992, some 280 alien solar systems have been identified. It's only by looking at solar systems far beyond our own, that we can understand just how remarkable our small patch of universe really is.

Extreme Planets
There are just eight planets in our solar system, but there could be a hundred billion in our Milky Way galaxy alone. As we enter into a golden age of planetary discovery the possibilities are endless. Pushing out deep into space we are finding planets that are stranger than we could ever have imagined — from giant burning gas spheres to icy orphaned worlds wandering in interstellar space. So just how did they get to be so different? How the Universe Works follows the remarkable journey of planets as they grow from grains of dust to the magnificently diverse worlds we see today.

Alien Moons
Recent explorations have revealed moons to be the chemistry labs of the cosmos and the most likely places where we might find life beyond our planet. While some moons are no more than asteroids caught by the snare of gravity; others are part of giant family systems and almost planets in their own right. Some of the most diverse worlds in the Universe, we know of 300 moons just in our own Solar System, but there may be billions. How these moons are born, live, and die is fundamental to understanding our planet's turbulent origins and our place in the Universe.

Supernovas
Stars are not eternal; they are dying all the time in unimaginably large explosions, called supernovas. Second only to the Big Bang, the explosions are where the very essence of creation and destruction meet. Deep in the core of a massive star gold, lead, oxygen, and every other complex element, is created. When the star's nuclear furnace runs empty these vital materials are hurled across space, creating all the planets, plants and oceans we see today. Supernovas even made us, right down to the iron in our blood. Only now have we begun to understand how these wonders in our sky work — and what they can teach us about the origins of the universe and ultimately, its future.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 344 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Genre: Documentary

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37 Reviews
4.8

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Discovery ChannelHow The Universe Works DVD
 
4.8

(based on 37 reviews)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Informative (36)
  • Entertaining (26)
  • Great cinematography (24)
  • High production value (22)
  • Original (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (24)
  • Perfect gift (18)
  • Younger viewers (18)
  • Adult viewers (14)
  • Travel (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual viewer (17), Avid moviegoer (10), Movie buff (6)

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4.0

Of what?

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from Cleveland, Ohio

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Informative

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Perfect Gift
    • Younger Viewers

    Comments about this product:

    None

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW

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    from CONNECTICUT

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    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • In The Car
      • Perfect Gift
      • Special Needs
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about this product:

      I LOVE IT! THE KIDS LOVE T!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best guide about The Universe

      By 

      from Lakeland, Fl

      About Me Avid Moviegoer

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      Pros

      • Educational
      • Entertaining
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

      • Available Other Languages

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • Knowledge For All
      • Perfect Gift
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about this product:

      I'm totally addictive to science, the universe and all the mystery that surround it.Very passionate about it.I wish this video could be enjoy it in others languages(spanish especially) so I could send it as gift to friends and family that don't understand english and I told about it.Love and support this show, hope to see more. keep up the marathon in the Science channel and H2, love it.and Please, Keep that narrator Mike Rowe is perfect.We don't like the other one.Thank you.I appreciate this type of programs. Barbara.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Best

      By 

      from Hempstead, Texas

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography
      • High Production Value
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • Perfect Gift
        • Travel
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about this product:

        Great to know we all came from Stardust!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of the best shows all year...

        By 

        from Thousand Oaks CA

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        Pros

        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • Perfect Gift
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about this product:

          One of the best examples of explaining the cosmos... Really well done...

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Universe does work!

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          from Saginaw, Michigan

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          Pros

          • Informative

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about this product:

            Very informative in an entertaining way. Worth the price.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Middle School Science Classroom

            By 

            from LA County

            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • Great Cinematography
            • High Production Value
            • Informative
            • Original

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • In the classroom

              Comments about this product:

              The SCI channel is more up to date than any textbook, more entertaining and comprehensive than any one teacher. After watching it on cable TV I feel compelled to buy this DVD to use in my middle school science classroom. I think the students will LOVE it.

              (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Very sub-par for such a production

              By 

              from Raleigh, NC

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Informative
              • Original

              Cons

              • Disappointing
              • Not What I Expected
              • Poor Visual Effects

              Best Uses

                Comments about this product:

                Was hoping to use these to educate my grandchildren but wouldn't dare exposing them to such a poor representation of modern technology with such a sloppy technological production.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fantastic Video

                By 

                from Rochester, MI

                About Me Casual Viewer

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • High Production Value
                • Informative
                • Original

                Cons

                • Music Overpowers Speaker

                Best Uses

                • Adult Viewers
                • All of the above
                • At Home
                • In The Car
                • Perfect Gift
                • Special Needs
                • Travel
                • Younger Viewers

                Comments about this product:

                This video is fantastic. The only complaint is that there are places where the music is so load that it drowns out the speaker. Maybe it's my machine.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Somewhat repetitive. But overall good.

                By 

                from Everett Washington

                About Me Movie Buff

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                Pros

                • Informative

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Perfect Gift

                  Comments about this product:

                  Ordered the 2nd 1. Can't wait to see it. My granddaughter is so excited.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I will definetly buy the next series!

                  By 

                  from Germantown, MD

                  About Me Casual Viewer

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Exciting
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • High Production Value
                  • Informative
                  • Original

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift

                    Comments about this product:

                    This product covers points that I think about ALL the time! The attempt to put together a story on the beginning of the universe on such a spectacular scale is fascinating. Thank you! SJW

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Warp Speed Ahead!

                    By 

                    from NYC, NY

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                    Pros

                    • Entertaining
                    • Great Cinematography
                    • High Interest
                    • Informative
                    • Original

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Viewers
                      • At Home
                      • Intellectual Stimulation
                      • Younger Viewers

                      Comments about this product:

                      If you have any interest in the nature of the universe, our place in it and a wish to be intellectually challenged, this is the video series for you. The scientists who comment, explain and expound on the terrific narrative are top notch, enriching and entertaining. The cinematography is likewise top notch.

                       
                      5.0

                      Seeing Is Still Hard To Believe

                      By 

                      from Santa Clara, CA

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                      Pros

                      • High Production Value
                      • Informative

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • At Home
                        • Perfect Gift

                        Comments about this product:

                        This video is an endless succession of facts and information about the universe that we live in that range from mere curiosities to concepts so mind-boggling that they defy comprehension.

                         
                        5.0

                        Beautiful, understandable

                        By 

                        from TX

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                        Pros

                        • Entertaining
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • Informative

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Adult Viewers
                          • At Home
                          • In The Car
                          • Travel
                          • Younger Viewers

                          Comments about this product:

                          Bought this for myself; ten year old grandson took it home, playing it on the airplane and since then. I got to enjoy it the four times he played it at my house in one week.

                           
                          5.0

                          absorbling, engaging, beautiful

                          By 

                          from Taylor Lake Village, TX

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                          Pros

                          • Entertaining
                          • Great Cinematography
                          • High Production Value
                          • Informative
                          • Original

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • At Home
                            • Travel
                            • Younger Viewers

                            Comments about this product:

                            I bought this for myself; my ten year old grandson saw it on the shelf and asked to see it. He and I watched it that day, the next day, and he "borrowed" it for the four hour flight home; he saw it again once he got home from the holiday visit. I may have to order another one for me!

                             
                            5.0

                            Best Astronomy Program Available.

                            By 

                            from Fall River, MA

                            About Me Movie Buff

                            Pros

                            • Engaging Characters
                            • Entertaining
                            • Great Cinematography
                            • High Production Value
                            • Informative
                            • Original

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • At Home

                              Comments about this product:

                              I found this to be the most engaging and informational series to date. It got me interested in getting back to an amateur astronomer.

                               
                              5.0

                              Fantastic!!!!

                              By 

                              from Miramar, FL

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                              Pros

                              • Awesome Special Effects
                              • Easy to Follow
                              • Great Cinematography
                              • High Production Value
                              • Informative
                              • Original

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • At Home
                                • Student use

                                Comments about this product:

                                I watched the series on Discovery and was so captivated with the content that I HAD to have it. I was not disappointed. Now I can watch them at my leisure and for multiple viewings. Each time I watch I see another new detail. This makes explaining these concepts (particularly to children) much easier.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Best Planet, Stars and Space Series

                                By 

                                from Sioux Falls,SD

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                                Pros

                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining
                                • Great Cinematography
                                • High Production Value
                                • Informative
                                • Original

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Adult Viewers
                                  • At Home
                                  • Perfect Gift
                                  • Younger Viewers

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  Mike Rowe is excellent. The content is very educational and explained in a simple manner. I first watched this series on TV then had to buy the DVD. This made myself and my youngest daughter hooked on star and planet watching. Even had the interest to buy a nice beginners telescope to do our own star, moon and planet gazing. If I had to pick a con it would the long pre-show ads that are on first, didn't need to be on the dvd, just junk to fast forward.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Can't wait for season 2.

                                  By 

                                  from Hollidaysburg, Pa

                                  About Me Avid Moviegoer

                                  Pros

                                  • Entertaining
                                  • Fascinatingly informative
                                  • High Production Value
                                  • Informative

                                  Cons

                                  • none

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyone
                                  • School classroom

                                  Comments about this product:

                                  I love shows about the universe; but some how, "How the Universe Works" just seems to be better than the others. Mike Rowe's voice is just tops. The CGI is the best of any universe show out there. The shows are very well written and very informative. This was well worth the cost. A treat for anyone who loves space and science and a great start for those who want to know more about the universe. I can't wait till the second season comes out.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great show on the universe

                                  By 

                                  from Camillus, NY

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                                  Pros

                                  • Entertaining

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • At Home

                                    Comments about this product:

                                    Great product... Lots of good information on how the ubiverse works... A+++++

                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    excellent

                                    By 

                                    from southampton, pa

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                                    Pros

                                    • Engaging Characters
                                    • Entertaining
                                    • Great Cinematography
                                    • High Production Value
                                    • Informative
                                    • Original

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • At Home
                                      • Perfect Gift

                                      Comments about this product:

                                      no comments but excellent product

                                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      AMAZING!

                                      By 

                                      from Bergen County, NJ

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                                      Pros

                                      • Engaging Characters
                                      • Entertaining
                                      • Great Cinematography
                                      • High Production Value
                                      • Informative
                                      • Original

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about this product:

                                          I've been watching this series since it came out and have since been DVRing it so I thought it would be a good idea to purchase it on DVD. Let me just say I've been watching Discovery and Science Channel for YEARS now and these are by FAR the BEST, most informative and engaging shows I've seen yet. Some of the content can almost bring tears to your eyes. I think this video should be made part of school curriculum in science classes - THAT's how great these shows are. Mike Rowe has a perfect voice for the narration and all the scientists that are featured and interviewed are among my favorites. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. I HOPE THEY COME OUT WITH A SECOND SERIES OF SHOWS!! XOXO

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          A MUST SEE FOR COSMOS LOVERS

                                          By 

                                          from VALLEY SPRINGS, CA

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                                          Pros

                                          • Engaging Characters
                                          • Entertaining
                                          • Great Cinematography
                                          • High Production Value
                                          • Informative
                                          • Original

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Adult Viewers
                                            • At Home
                                            • In The Car
                                            • Travel
                                            • Younger Viewers

                                            Comments about this product:

                                            WATCH ALMOST DAILY. MIKE ROWE IS THE VERY BEST. THE SCIENTISTS ARE A PERFECT MATCH

                                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Excellent

                                            By 

                                            from East Coast

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                                            Pros

                                            • Informative

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Adult Viewers
                                              • At Home
                                              • Perfect Gift
                                              • Special Needs
                                              • Younger Viewers

                                              Comments about this product:

                                              Anybody who is curious about the cosmos and how it's set up must see this show.

                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Great Series

                                              By 

                                              from Virginia Beach, Va

                                              About Me Casual Viewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Informative
                                              • Original

                                              Cons

                                              • Not Available on Blu Ray

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Adult Viewers
                                              • At Home
                                              • Perfect Gift
                                              • Special Needs
                                              • Younger Viewers

                                              Comments about this product:

                                              This series is great and it really helps out teaching others about Astronomy. If your into Astronomy then this DVD set is for you.

                                              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              bought as a gift for a 13 year old.

                                              By 

                                              from Louiaiana

                                              About Me Movie Buff

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                                              Pros

                                              • Entertaining
                                              • Informative

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • At Home
                                                • Perfect Gift
                                                • Younger Viewers

                                                Comments about this product:

                                                hope my nephew likes it. he loves all things about space travel.

                                                 
                                                5.0

                                                BLU-RAY - PLEASE!!!

                                                By 

                                                from Arizona

                                                Pros

                                                • Engaging Characters
                                                • Entertaining
                                                • Great Cinematography
                                                • High Production Value
                                                • Informative
                                                • Original

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about this product:

                                                    I can see showing this to my Grandkids years from now. This topic isn't going to be done any better until it's outdated by new knowledge ... and that's a long ways off. It deserves BD quality.

                                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                     
                                                    5.0

                                                    Great DVD!

                                                    By 

                                                    from West Tennessee

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Entertaining
                                                    • Great Cinematography
                                                    • High Production Value
                                                    • Informative

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • At Home
                                                      • Perfect Gift
                                                      • Younger Viewers

                                                      Comments about this product:

                                                      I own "The Universe" series on DVD (all 5 seasons). While this DVD presents the same information, and though alots only 2 DVD's to the same topic ("The Universe" is 15-20 DVD's), "How the Universe Works" is better in overall musical score, CGI and story content/progression. The editing and narrative is better. My only regret is that it did not have the content of "The Universe". I enjoyed it so much that I was surprised and dissappointed that the ending of each episode came so soon. I wish only that it had more of the content and detail and filled out 20 DVD's as well.

                                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      Great Family Documentary

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                                                      from Toronto, Canada

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                                                      Pros

                                                      • Engaging Characters
                                                      • Entertaining
                                                      • Great Cinematography
                                                      • High Production Value
                                                      • Informative
                                                      • Original

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about this product:

                                                          We have been watching the series as a family - it is amazingly interesting. We all find ourselves talking endlessly about the show and all the interesting facts. It expands your thinking and view of how things evolve. Love it!

                                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                           
                                                          5.0

                                                          Well Done -- Mike Rowe Rocks

                                                          By 

                                                          from Seattle

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                                                          Pros

                                                          • Easy to Follow
                                                          • Entertaining
                                                          • Informative
                                                          • Well laid out

                                                          Cons

                                                          • Graphics repeat at times

                                                          Best Uses

                                                          • Classroom

                                                          Comments about this product:

                                                          I've got "The Universe" series, which is great & much more detailed, "Wonders of the Universe", also really good, so I really didn't need this series. However, for some reason Mike Rowe seems to grab young people's attention better than the other two. The information is on a more basic level, but still it's good. Having only watched the Big Bang episode, my only complaint was how often they use the exact same graphics over and over and over at times. Maybe because I watched it with 3 classes I was over sensitive to it? Overall, I'd recommend it to any teacher.

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